iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/reviews en-GB Apple launches WatchKit, letting developers create Apple Watch apps http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s really happening: developers can start preparing for the early 2015 launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Watch" alt="Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-watchkit.jpg?1416360207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a fervent Apple fan eagerly awaiting the company&rsquo;s first smartwatch in early 2015, take solace in the news that developers of all sorts can now code apps for the device.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And apps have three opportunities for user interactions: being a full-fledged app experience with a unique UI, providing a Glance screen with read-only information, and delivering actionable notifications that users can respond to right from the device.</p> <p>However, The Verge notes that Apple Watch apps currently must run as extensions of iPhone apps, and that fully native Apple Watch apps aren&rsquo;t an option just yet (but will be sometime in 2015). So even if an app is designed primarily for Apple Watch interactions, it&rsquo;ll have a home on the paired iPhone and pull its updates from the handset.</p> <p>Getting the development community onboard months in advance of the Apple Watch launch can only help Apple&rsquo;s chances with marketing the device, developers&rsquo; chances of having great Watch apps ready on day one, and users&rsquo; chances of having a comfortable, complete-feeling experience right out of the gate.</p> <p>Given the paucity of Android Wear apps at the moment, this could be a significant move to really set the Apple Watch apart from the wearables pack in not only design, but also functionality when it finally debuts sometime early next year.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://developer.apple.com/watchkit/">Apple</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/18/7242315/apple-watchkit-released-develop-third-party-apps">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/y-waTi8BPdk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-launches-watchkit-letting-developers-create-apple-watch-apps/news#comments Apple iOS 8 Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:35:41 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453477 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 and Mac OS X 10.10.1 updates to address various issues http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-releases-ios-811-and-mac-os-x-10101-updates-address-various-issues/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better performance for older iOS devices and killing Yosemite’s pesky Wi-Fi bugs are respective highlights </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-ios8_1.png?1416274748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your experience with iOS 8 on an iPhone 4s or iPad 2 has been less than stellar over the past couple months, Apple&rsquo;s latest update might improve your day-to-day interactions.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-releases-ios-811-and-mac-os-x-10101-updates-address-various-issues/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-releases-ios-811-and-mac-os-x-10101-updates-address-various-issues/news#comments Apple iOS 8 OS X Yosemite Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:04:59 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453392 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thinner, lighter, mightier – looks like Apple’s done it again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air 2 review" alt="Apple iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPad-Air-2-Hero.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know what the iPad Air, the thinnest tablet Apple has made so far, the one that&rsquo;s 20% thinner than its distinctly not-fat predecessors, never needed to be?</p> <p>Thinner. But that&rsquo;s precisely what the iPad Air 2 is.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s a mighty impressive feat of engineering, but it takes more than ultra-slimness to really rock Stuff Towers.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price for 16GB version. Also available in 64GB (£480) and 128GB (£560) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stunningly slim and beautifully made </div> <div class="field-item even"> Screen is better than ever </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Vastly more powerful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very small hit to battery life </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crikey, that is thin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The gadget world&rsquo;s obsession with thinness could rival that of the modelling world, and at times it seems just as misguided. Thinness that compromises ergonomics is not an entirely good thing.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s not what you get here. The curved edges that separate the pancake-flat front and back sit rather nicely in the palms. At 437g it&rsquo;s just 32g lighter than the original iPad Air, and that means it still feels satisfyingly weighty and robust.</p> <p>The materials and manufacturing are of the standard we&rsquo;ve all come to expect from Apple. Other than a small strip of solid plastic along the top edge (which is only present on the 3G/4G version) the entire chassis is aluminium and glass with nary a join or screw in sight.</p> <p>As well as the silver and &#39;space grey&#39; finishes of the last generation, the iPad Air 2 is also available in the couleur du jour, gold, which is what our sample is dressed in. Truth be told, while instinct suggested this would look far too ostentatious, the reality is a rather smart and stylish look - at least when it&rsquo;s not &lsquo;complemented&rsquo; by the bright green Smart Cover that was supplied with it.</p> <p>Interestingly, the silence switch has been axed, presumably in the name of achieving that 6.1mm thinness. You&rsquo;ll now find the control in the Control Centre, which is accessed as before by swiping a finger up from the bottom edge. For those who are used to the physical switch it will seem annoying at first but become second-nature within a few days.</p> <p>Proper iPad nerds will also notice that there&rsquo;s now just a single row of immaculately machined speaker ports on the bottom, rather than the two of before. It&rsquo;s reasonable to assume that the speaker drivers themselves must also have shrunk to fit the new chassis, and sure enough this iPad sounds different to its predecessor when played out loud. Contrary to expectation it&rsquo;s actually louder, although it unsurprisingly sounds less than stellar when pushed to the top of the volume range.</p> <p>Doing so also creates quite a lot of vibration through the tablet. It&rsquo;s not a major issue but you&rsquo;d think it the kind of niggle that Apple would put a lot of effort to stamp out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4912" height="3264" title="At 6.1mm the iPad Air 2 is fantastically slim" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Slimness.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Silence switch has been removed, with the setting now only available in Control Center" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-vs-original-thickness.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="We expected the gold to be horrible but we&#039;re now rather keen" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad%20Air%202%20rear.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s now just one row of holes for the speakers, but they&#039;re actually louder than before" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-vs-original-speakers.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting closer to the pixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But while only some tableteers will factor the speakers into the to-buy-or-not-to-buy equation, all (one hopes) will prioritise the screen. That of the iPad Air 2 is a doozy.</p> <p>Not that the numbers would necessarily convince you of that, as they&rsquo;re the same as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">original iPad Air</a> - 1536 x 2048 pixels spread across a 9.7in display, which equates to 264ppi.</p> <p>But once again, looking beyond the specs is where you&rsquo;ll find the real details.</p> <p>The three layers of a usual touchscreen (the glass, touch panel and LCD sheet) have been combined in one laminated layer, and the result is that it looks as though the pixels are printed right on the surface of the display. It may seem a small detail, but it has a fairly profound effect, particularly if you&rsquo;re a regular iPad-reader - it&rsquo;s much closer to reading a real page.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s also making a big fuss of the screen&rsquo;s anti-reflection properties, and again the fuss seems relatively justified. Having used the iPad Air 2 in bright press events, gloomy pubs and outside in unseasonably bright sunlight, I can confirm that while reflections aren&rsquo;t eradicated, they are reduced.</p> <p>The bright strip lights in Stuff&rsquo;s testing rooms are reflected in bright yellow on the original iPad Air&rsquo;s screen, whereas the new model reduces them to a dim blue that&rsquo;s far easier to ignore.</p> <p>In terms of colour balance, sharpness and detail, there&rsquo;s no real difference between the two models, and that means you get one of the most balanced and natural displays available. Whites are pure, blacks are deep, and colours are supremely realistic - the iPad Air is as fantastic for photo editing and movie watching as it&rsquo;s ever been.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="898" title="The three layers of a normal touchscreen have been reduced to a single laminated layer" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-in-hand.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air remains a fantastic tool for on-site photo editing" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-photo-editing.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Perks for the tablet photographer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And now the iPad even has the hardware for taking proper photos. Sort of.</p> <p>8MP may be little to write home about in the world of smartphones, but for a tablet it&rsquo;s fairly high - not to mention a fairly significant upgrade on the 5MP of the original iPad Air.</p> <p>That means you get sharper images with a bit more detail than before, and both the rear sensor and 1.2MP &ldquo;FaceTime&rdquo; camera now have a Burst mode. Yep, you can use Burst for your selfies. Why? We have no idea. The mode does work well with the main camera, though, turning fast action into usable shots that the iPad will sort through if you can&rsquo;t be bothered.</p> <p>It&#39;s got a slo-mo mode, too, which records at 120fps (rather than the 240fps of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) to make it incredibly easy to turn sections of video into crisp slow motion, right on the iPad itself.</p> <p>But here&rsquo;s the thing, while Craig Grannell makes some good points when he writes that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">using your iPad for photography is fine</a>, I still couldn&rsquo;t possibly condone it. You&rsquo;re much more likely to have your phone with you when a photographic opportunity arises, and your phone is almost certainly a better camera than the iPad 2.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/15675418162/in/set-72157648643192577/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Even if you put aside the fact that taking a photo with a tablet makes you look like a dweeb and that it&rsquo;s probably obscuring the gig/game/scenery for anyone else who&rsquo;s near you, the iPad Air 2 doesn&rsquo;t have the megapixels, aperture or flash of almost any recent decent smartphone.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s photos have nicely balanced colours and reasonable contrast, and its low-light performance is decent enough for most situations, but compare them to those from the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and there&rsquo;s no competition.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">Using your iPad Air 2 for photography is fine, and here&#39;s why</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 8MP camera is good by tablet standards, but it&#039;s not up there with a decent phone cam" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-iSight-camera.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The power-to-battery ratio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Saying that the iPad Air 2 is more powerful than its predecessor is a big understatement. It&rsquo;s more like Captain America before and after the super-soldier serum.</p> <p>You want figures? How does an AnTuTu score of 62,984 grab you? Consider the original iPad Air scores around 42,000 and we imagine it grabs you rather firmly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sure do. But more importantly, do you see the AnTuTu score of my new iPad?" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-republique.PNG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air 2&#039;s Geekbench score is massive" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Geekbench%20Score.PNG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="In fact, it&#039;s nearly 2000 points ahead of it&#039;s predecessor and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Geekbench-score-3.PNG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Geekbench is equally unequivocal, giving the Air 2 a score of 4515 - nearly 2000 points more than the original Air, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.</p> <p>The original Air wasn&rsquo;t and isn&rsquo;t slow, but the Air 2 is just that tiny bit snappier. It opens apps half a second faster, starting a new game of <em>FTL</em> or <em>Republique</em> is just that smidge quicker. The difference is minimal to the extent that you&rsquo;ll only notice if you do a side-by-side comparison, but the gap will almost certainly widen as developers start building apps designed to take advantage of the A8X&rsquo;s extra grunt. You might be buying just one extra layer of grease on an already buttery-smooth performance right now, but you&rsquo;re also doing a bit of future-proofing.</p> <p>But there is - despite Apple&rsquo;s assertions - a small sacrifice to battery life. In everyday use there&rsquo;s practically nothing in it, but a heavy gaming session or mammoth movie run will drop the Air 2&rsquo;s battery a little quicker than the original Air&rsquo;s. In our usual video loop test (half-brightness, Wi-Fi and syncing switched on), after eight hours the Air 2 had 28% of its battery remaining compared to the 36% of its predecessor. That&rsquo;s an extra 1% lost every hour.</p> <p>Not a lot, is it? And while losing any longevity at all is clearly not a cause for celebration, you&rsquo;ll only ever notice during long-haul flights that you intend your iPad to fill in their entirety. In other words, the extra slimness, new display and even the increase in power are going to have more of an impact on your daily tablet life than the battery difference.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Mini 3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The AnTuTu video test remains a very useful benchmark" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Antutu-test_0.PNG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="675" height="900" title="And it rates the iPad Air 2 very highly indeed" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Antutu-score.PNG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air 2 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - iOS 8.1</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 64-bit dual-core Apple A8X w/ M8 motion coprocessor</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 9.7in Retina display with 2048x1536 resolution (264ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong> - 8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.2MP front with 720p video</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16/64/128GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - undisclosed</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 240 x 170 x 6.1mm</p> <p><strong>Weight -</strong>&nbsp;437g (Wi-Fi only), 444g (3G/4G)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touch ID and a solution to the SIM card shuffle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are few items that can do more damage to your wallet than an iPad, at least when combined with a decent online shopping website and some rubbish TV on in the background. The iPad Air 2 is now fully weaponised, featuring Touch ID fingerprint recognition with Apple Pay integration (one of iOS 8.1&rsquo;s added features). Soon, if a site accepts Apple Pay, you&rsquo;ll be able to part with the cash via credit cards stored in your Passbook app with the touch of a fingertip. (It&rsquo;s US-only for now, but just you wait&hellip;)</p> <p>As well as unlocking your iPad, in iOS 8 Touch ID also lets you open passworded apps such as Evernote and, as with iOS 7, unlocks the device itself, and lets you pay for apps, books and other items from the iTunes Store. Worthwhile features, all, and if you take your time teaching the iPad a selection of your digits when you first set it up it&rsquo;s very consistent and ultimately impressively time-saving.</p> <p>One lesser-known feature of the LTE version of the iPad Air 2 is its built-in multi-network SIM. This will allow US and UK travellers to switch between contracts without digging the SIM out of its slot &ndash; a very neat trick for regularly country-hoppers eager to save on roaming costs. EE, AT&amp;T, T-Mobile US and Sprint are the first partners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/feature" target="_blank">The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out - and that&#39;s a good thing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Touch ID is a small but mighty cool, slightly time-saving feature" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Touch-ID.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 8.1’s new tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much in iOS 8.1 that users of iOS 8 aren&rsquo;t already familiar with, but the aforementioned Apple Pay is one big change. Elsewhere, the Camera Roll that was cruelly stolen away after iOS 7 is back.</p> <p>But the real headline feature is Continuity.</p> <p>The first part of Continuity is Handoff, which shares actions and tasks between your iOS devices and Yosemite Mac. Start an email on one device and finish it on another, for example, or decide the page you&rsquo;re looking at on your iPhone deserves a bigger screen and open it directly on your iPad.</p> <p>The way this works in practice is that if you&rsquo;re looking at a web page, composing an email or have Messages open on you iPhone or iPad, the equivalent app icon appears at the left of your Mac&rsquo;s dock with a little phone symbol attached to it. Click on it and you can continue where you left off using your bigger screen and proper keyboard.</p> <p>Of course it works the opposite way, too. If you&rsquo;re using a compatible app on your Mac, it&rsquo;ll appear on your lockscreen in the bottom-left corner of your iDevice. Swipe it up as you would the little camera icon and you&rsquo;re taken straight to it.</p> <p>And Continuity also extends to making and receiving calls. Let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;ve Googled a restaurant on your iPad and now want to phone to make a reservation - just click on the phone number in Safari and it will be dialed on your iPhone. When people call your phone it flashes up on your iPad and/or Mac, too, and you can answer directly on any of those devices if your phone isn&rsquo;t to hand.</p> <p>Continuity may not be life-changing, but it sure is cool.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Apple Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8.1 and Yosemite make Macs and iDevices better friends than ever" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-with-iPhone-6-Plus.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1354" height="900" title="The icon to the far-left of the Mac Dock is the one that will open your iPad&#039;s Safari page" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20Continuity%20iPad%20to%20Mac.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity and pricing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As is always the case with iPads, you get what you pay for: &pound;400 will buy you a 16GB iPad Air 2 with fast MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, &pound;480 will take you up to 64GB and &pound;560 will grant you the full 128GB. For 4G too, you&rsquo;ll need to add &pound;100 to all those prices. No, they&#39;re not getting any cheaper, but neither is the iPad Air 2 more expensive than its predecessor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad Air 2 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iOS 8.1 is obviously available on the original iPad Air, so you don&rsquo;t need to buy an Air 2 to get neat tricks such as Continuity. And there&rsquo;s probably not quite enough for all but the most feverishly Apple-dedicated of existing Air owners to justify the upgrade, either.</p> <p>But if you&rsquo;re upgrading from an older iPad or this is your first Apple tablet, the Air 2 is absolutely the way to go.</p> <p>The extra thinness makes it more portable and more stylish than ever before, the new screen tech makes it even more usable in even more situations, and that extra power means you&rsquo;re ready for the next generation of processor-intensive apps that dedicated developers are dreaming up right now.</p> <p>The iPad Air was already the best tablet in the world. Apple could have done far less and that would still be the case, but instead the combination of small but significant tweaks means the iPad Air 2 has increased that lead even further.</p> <p>Can Google and HTC close the gap with the Nexus 9? Expect to find out when we review it in the next few days.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1291" height="900" title="iPad Air 2 verdict" alt="iPad Air 2 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-outside.JPG?1415949874" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A selection of small but meaningful changes means the best tablet in the world just got even better</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air 2 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air 2 Tablets Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1448644 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple wants iPhone to pay for train fares, access secure locations http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wants-iphone-pay-train-fares-access-secure-locations/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reportedly, Apple Pay is only the beginning for the company’s NFC aspirations </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Pay" alt="Apple Pay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-pay_0.png?1414462901" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us are already attached at the hip to our smartphones, so why not make them ever more useful in our daily lives? Apple seems intent on doing so by expanding use of near-field communication (NFC) to do more and more things.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wants-iphone-pay-train-fares-access-secure-locations/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wants-iphone-pay-train-fares-access-secure-locations/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:05:55 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451505 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Mini 3 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touch ID and identical specs mean the iPad Mini 3 is technically the best small Apple tablet. But is it worth the extra £80? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Technically the best iPad Mini but not the best value " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-mini-3-review-main.png?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There were no iPad Mini 3 wishlists flying around the web. Because the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review"> iPad Mini 2</a> is such a close-to-flawless product, nobody had the imagination to improve on the beautifully built, apptastic mini tab.</p> <p>Including, it seems, Apple.</p> <p>The differences between the iPad Mini 3 and its predecessor boil down to this: the new one gets Touch ID fingerprint scanning for unlocking the tablet and paying for iTunes purchases. And it comes in gold.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £320.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best small tablet experience </div> <div class="field-item even"> Touch ID for unlock and iTunes </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Gorgeous build, stunning Retina screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> All-day battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Mini 2 is now much better value </div> <div class="field-item even"> No spec bumps like the iPad Air 2 </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Non expandable, no 32GB </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly inferior colours next to Air 2 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still the best small tab around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the iPad Mini 2 didn&rsquo;t exist, we&rsquo;d be gushing over this lovely bit of kit just like we did last year. </p> <p>Because everything is the same. The same slim-but-not-too-slim 7.5mm aluminium build, small-but-not-too-small 7.9in screen and incredibly sharp 2048 x 1536 resolution. There&rsquo;s no noticeable tweaks to the iPad Mini&rsquo;s screen tech. Whites are still printer paper-pure, contrast is excellent and colours are mostly accurate and appealing. We say mostly because there are still a few hues, reds in particular, that both the iPad Air and even tablets like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review">Kindle Fire HDX</a> pick up that the iPad Mini misses. Still, it&rsquo;s not something every user will spot and colour reproduction is more than good enough for Netflix and the web. If you need a tablet for working with images, we&rsquo;d recommend the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2 </a>instead.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPad Mini 3 isnt treated to the same anti-reflective coating and display lamination technique seen on the Air 2 either&nbsp;- a small difference but one that makes the gap between the two iPad models bigger. In terms of aesthetics, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 get a new gold model to join the silver and space gray options.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">Apple iPad Mini 2 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>Power and performance remains the same too, that is very, very good. This tablet is as smooth as we&rsquo;ve seen from Apple, with no stutters or lag. Still, spec fans will be disappointed that the iPad Mini 3 misses out on the A8X processor and M8 motion co-processor, the brains behind the iPad Air 2. In time, we might see more games and video editing apps that make use of this extra grunt. For now, we&rsquo;re not complaining too much.&nbsp;</p> <p>For stamina, at least, the iPad Mini 3 just about matches the bigger Cupertino tablet. Like its predecessor, it lasts just shy of the iPad Air&rsquo;s ten-hour battery life. For a tablet, that&rsquo;s very respectable and&nbsp;means only having to charge the iPad Mini every other day at most.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="iPad on iPad. Meta. " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20web.jpg?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20rear.jpg?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20bottom.jpg?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Mini 3 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 7.9in 2048x1536 (326ppi) Retina display, IPS<br />Processor: A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, M7 co-processor<br />RAM: (unspecified)<br />OS: iOS 8.1<br />Camera: 5MP rear with 1080p video, 1.2MP front<br />Storage: 16/32/64/128GB (non expandable)<br />Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G optional<br />Dimensions: 134.7 x 200 x 7.5mm<br />Weight: 331g (341g with 3G/4G)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touch ID and iOS 8.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We said there weren&rsquo;t many iPad Mini 3 wishlists, but the one feature iPhone users have been asking for on the iPad is Touch ID.&nbsp;</p> <p>It becomes such an ingrained habit, pressing a finger or thumb to the iPhone&rsquo;s home button, that switching to a Touch ID-less iPad gets terribly confusing. Well that&#39;s no longer a problem, as the Mini 3&#39;s joined the fingerprint-recognition party. It&rsquo;s faster and more accurate than when it was first introduced and still just as easy to set up.&nbsp;</p> <p>So what can you do with it? First up, replace your pin code to unlock the iPad, a feature Samsung has added to smartphones such as the Galaxy S5, albeit in a slightly less elegant implementation. Then there&rsquo;s fingerprint authentication for iTunes and App Store purchases, which is a nice timesaver that lets you wave bye-bye to entering your password every time.</p> <p>Apple Pay, only available in the US for now, adds support for lots more online transactions&nbsp;- including booking Uber cabs. It&rsquo;s worth noting that, unlike the iPhone 6, you wont be paying via NFC in shops with your Mini 3. To be fair to Apple, pressing an iPad Mini 3 to a contactless card reader would look a bit ridiculous.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news">iOS 8.1</a>, you can download this on to your iPad Mini 2 now, so it&rsquo;s not much of a selling point for the new model. The additions are welcome though, both in terms of ironing out bugs in iOS 8 and adding long-hyped productivity features such as syncing files, links and messages&nbsp;with Yosemite (on MacBooks and iMacs)&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/imac/how-answer-calls-and-messages-across-your-mac-ipad-and-iphone-continuity/feature">Continuity</a>&nbsp;when logged into iCloud.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review"> iOS 8 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Touch ID set up takes seconds " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20finger.jpg?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Looks like iOS 7 but lots more functionality " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20iOS.jpg?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="The iPad still has the best optimised apps " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3-review-apps.png?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you want more than 32GB, you need an iPad Mini 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s right. The iPad Mini 2 is now only being stocked by Apple in 16GB (&pound;240) and 32GB (&pound;280) sizes, both non expandable of course.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means if you want more than 32GB, the Mini 3 is your only option. In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">another business-minded move</a>, the Mini 3 skips the 32GB model altogether.</p> <p>It is available in 16GB (&pound;320), 64GB (&pound;400) and 128GB (&pound;480) sizes, with on average an extra &pound;100 for 3G/4G capabilities. Of course that makes the 64GB model look like a sensible option: if you&#39;re spending &pound;320 on 16GB, why not go the whole hog and spend &pound;400 for four times the storage?&nbsp;</p> <p>Essentially, if you can limit yourself to 32GB or less of storage, then buy an iPad Mini 2. Any more and you don&rsquo;t get the choice.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Mini 3 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is essentially an iPad Mini 2s or more accurately still, an iPad Mini 2 with Touch ID.</p> <p>The changes are comically minimal and the most interesting new features are available via a software update to iOS 8.1 if you have a last-gen iPad Mini.&nbsp;</p> <p>If this is your first Apple tablet AND the futuristic fingerprint authentication appeals to you AND you need more than 32GB storage, this is the best choice. But in all other cases, we&rsquo;d say that &pound;80 is simply too much money to justify choosing the Mini 3 over the brilliant, and now brilliantly priced, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini 2</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Futureproof but the iPad Mini 2 is the bargain star now " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20side%20view.jpg?1415152285" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mini 3 is futureproof thanks to fingerprint scanning but makes the iPad Mini 2 too much of a bargain to ignore&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Mini 3 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it worth the extra £80? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Mini 3 Tablets Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:44:26 +0000 Sophie Charara 1451264 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple TestFlight gets you early access to iOS app betas http://www.stuff.tv/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s win-win: you get introduced to new apps and devs get to test their apps before going live </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/testflight.jpg?1414142337" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you like the idea of testing apps before they&#39;re released, then Apple&#39;s new TestFlight Beta program might be for you. What&#39;s involved? You sign up, download an app and you&#39;re in line to help test and review other apps on the App Store. Pretty simple, huh?</p> <p>Third-party developers can invite up to 1,000 people to beta test &ndash; an tenfold increase on Apple&#39;s originally-announced plan of just 100 testers.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What happens is that a developer sends out invitations, users then download the app via iTunes Connect and then download TestFlight. iOS 8 also helps notify users when the latest builds of beta apps are available, which is pretty handy compared to waiting for developer emails.</p> <p>As for updates, they&#39;re going to take a little longer due to Apple needing to vet the apps via its Beta App Review. Still, having the Big A run the rule over apps first isn&#39;t necessarily a bad thing &ndash; it reduces the likelihood of pre-release software messing up your iPhone or iPad. One of the pitfalls of Google Play is its reliance on peer review, meaning it&#39;s all too easy for malware and shady apps to sneak into the app marketplace.</p> <p>The TestFlight Beta app is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/testflight/id899247664?mt=8" target="_blank">free on the App Store</a> but it would be a good idea to get the lowdown on the program at the <a href="https://developer.apple.com/app-store/Testflight/" target="_blank">official page</a> first.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0"><strong> 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus </strong></a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_releases_testflight_app_beta_testing_public?utm_source=Social&amp;utm_medium=Twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Owned" target="_blank">Maclife</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/testflight%2002.jpg?1414142337" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news#comments Apple iOS iOS 8 iOS apps iPad iPhone Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:10:20 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451254 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 8.1 released, bringing Apple Pay, Continuity, and various fixes http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big additions come to Apple’s latest mobile OS, and it doesn’t seem to be breaking any phones in the process </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Pay" alt="Apple Pay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-pay.png?1413853233" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just over a month after its initial launch, iOS 8 today received its first significant version update with the debut of iOS 8.1, which brings several promised features to iPhones and iPads.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad iPhone iPod Touch Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:17:19 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450918 at http://www.stuff.tv 6 things we learnt at today's Apple launch http://www.stuff.tv/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turns out they could make the iPad Air even thinner! And that 4K isn&#039;t that special! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3" alt="Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipads.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hot on the heels of its iPhone 6 launch, Apple has taken to the stage once more.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The iPad Air 2 is seriously skinny </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The big news from the Apple event is, as expected, the launch of its new iPad Air 2. Absurdly thin at 6.1 mm, it also packs a new A8X processor along with an M8 motion co-processor &ndash; and Touch ID.</p> <p>We&#39;ve got the full run-down on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-revealed-its-so-thin-you-might-cut-yourself-holding-it/news" target="_blank">iPad Air 2 here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. A 5K display is now a thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A Retina display-equipped iMac was on the cards, but Apple has gone above and beyond with its new desktop computer &ndash; it&#39;s crammed a 5K display with 5120 x 2880 pixels into its 27in iMac. That means you can edit 4K video footage pixel-for-pixel, and still have room for a timeline and editing bins.</p> <p>Performance has also been boosted; you can configure it with processors starting from a 3.5Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, up to a 4.0GHz quad-core i7.</p> <p>Get all the info on Apple&#39;s new super-iMac <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/5-things-you-need-know-about-imac-retina-5k-display/news" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iMac with Retina 5K display" alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. There&#039;s a new iPad mini too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Almost as an afterthought, Apple announced a new iPad mini &ndash; the iPad mini 3. The spec sheet is identical to the iPad mini 2 &ndash; a 7.9in, 2048x1536 display, A7 processor and M7 motion co-processor, 5MP &fnof;/2.4 iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera &ndash; but it also adds a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad mini 3" alt="Apple iPad mini 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. We now know when iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay will be out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And why is Apple stuffing Touch ID sensors in its iOS devices? Because Apple Pay is launching alongside iOS 8.1 on Monday. iOS 8.1 also brings support for Continuity with OS X Yosemite, enabling you to send and receive SMS messages and phone calls using your Mac. You also get Instant Hotspot support and Handoff, which lets you pick up documents and emails where you left off across devices.</p> <p>iOS 8.1 isn&#39;t just about new tricks, though &ndash; it also brings back the Camera Roll, which was a major gripe for iOS 8 users &ndash; and adds support for the public beta of iCloud Photo Library.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iOS 8 Continuity" alt="Apple iOS 8 Continuity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-continuity_1.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. And we can download OS X Yosemite right now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, was announced back in July &ndash; and now it&#39;s rolling out to users as a free update. Yosemite adds a host of new features, including the aforementioned Continuity and Handoff &ndash; along with an update Notification Centre including widgets, and an overhauled Spotlight search that collates information from Wikipedia, Maps and Yelp.</p> <p>Before you rush to download it, you&#39;ll want to check out our guide to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/os-x-yosemite/mac-users-back-and-clone-your-macs-installing-os-x-yosemite/feature" target="_blank">backing up and cloning your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple OS X Yosemite" alt="Apple OS X Yosemite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-os-x-yosemite.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. And Finally... there&#039;s a new Mac Mini </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s dinky desktop computer has been overhauled, with a spec boost that adds 4th-generation Intel Core processors, integrated Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, PCIe-based flash storage. Connectivity has been upgraded too, with two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.</p> <p>Prices for the new Mac Mini start at &pound;400 for a 1.4GHz Core i5 model with 500GB HDD, 4GB RAM and Intel HD Graphics 5000. The mid-range model gets a 2.6GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD and Intel Iris graphics, for &pound;570, while the top-of-the-range model gets a 2.8GHz Core i5 and a 1TB Fusion Drive, for &pound;800.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/5-things-you-need-know-about-imac-retina-5k-display/news" target="_blank">5 things you need to know about the iMac with Retina 5K Display</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple Mac Mini (2014)" alt="Apple Mac Mini (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-mac-mini.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news#comments Apple iMac 5K iOS 8 iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3 Mac Mini OS X Yosemite Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:19:08 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450505 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: iOS 8 adoption slowing, Facebook planning anonymous access app, and the Batcave explorable in VR http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-ios-8-adoption-slowing-facebook-planning-anonymous-access-app-and-explore-batcav <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin your day happily informed thanks to our morning tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios8-alt_0.png?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 8 adoption now creeping along </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&rsquo;s the effect of releasing an OS update that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">effectively disables</a> your new phone&#39;s ability to act like&hellip; well, a phone? In the case of Apple and iOS 8, it&rsquo;s that those users who hadn&rsquo;t updated yet are widely resisting the move.</p> <p>Within the first few days of release, Apple&rsquo;s stats showed that 46% of active iOS device owners had upgraded to iOS 8 - an especially impressive number, given that the iPhone 4 was lopped off of the compatibility list for this version.</p> <p>But following the debacle with the broken iOS 8.0.1 release, that number has only increased 1% in the weeks since. And weirdly, the percentage of users running a version prior to iOS 7 grew as well (from 5% to 6%). While that last figure is truly odd, the overall takeaway seems to be that device owners don&rsquo;t seem anxious to make any big changes until it&rsquo;s certain that Apple has ironed out its kinks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://developer.apple.com/support/appstore/">Apple</a> via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/10/06/ios8-market-share-stagnated/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">iOS 8.0.1 released, then pulled after breaking iPhone 6 cell service and Touch ID functionality</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook&#039;s anonymous access plans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s an unexpected development. Facebook, which has always been the community that relies on real names and information to connect users, is reportedly nearing the launch of an app that allows for anonymous communication via pseudonyms not linked to your main account.</p> <p>Based on the New York Times&rsquo; report, it sounds like the app will act as a standalone experience separate from the main Facebook interface and approach, and almost sounds like a glorified message board with dedicated topics to discuss. Still, we&rsquo;re interested to see how Facebook tries to reinvent the Internet forum.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/facebook-readies-app-allowing-anonymity/">The New York Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/your-facebook-post-will-self-destruct-5-4-3-2/news">Your Facebook post will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1&hellip;.</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="833" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/facebook-app-login.jpg?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Explore the animated Batcave in VR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are working with visual effects company OTOY on a recreation of the Batcave from the great <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em> from the early &lsquo;90s as a virtual reality experience expected to be available this winter.</p> <p>Playable on the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, as well as upcoming glasses-free TVs and devices powered by light field displays, the Batcave retains the distinctive look of the cartoon series while being freely explorable in 3D. It&rsquo;ll be available via the ORBX viewer app.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://render.otoy.com/newsblog/?p=641">OTOY</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/07/batman-vr/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Batman Batcave VR experience" alt="Batman Batcave VR experience" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/batman-batcave-vr.jpg?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opera Mini coming to Samsung Gear S </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re hoping to do a lot of tiny web browsing on Samsung&rsquo;s forthcoming Gear S, then you might be happy to hear that Opera Mini will be available on the standalone smartwatch.</p> <p>As on other devices, it uses data-saving tech to minimize the amount being downloaded - no doubt helpful when you&rsquo;re tapping into a 3G network - plus it&rsquo;s been optimized for the compact display. Otherwise, the browser claims to be fully featured, and it&rsquo;ll be available for free from the Gear Apps store.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.opera.com/news/2014/10/samsungs-gear-s-smartwatch-gets-first-full-web-browser/">Opera News</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news">Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="733" title="Opera Mini on Samsung Gear S" alt="Opera Mini on Samsung Gear S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-operamini.jpg?1412819517" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-ios-8-adoption-slowing-facebook-planning-anonymous-access-app-and-explore-batcav#comments Apple Facebook iOS 8 iPhone 6 Samsung Smartwatches Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449661 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget blown-up iPhone 5 apps - these crackers have all been optimised for your shiny new device... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="680" height="540" title="apps" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/0-apps.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;ve had two weeks with your new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and by now you&#39;ll have noticed they have bigger screens. Great! Except that most of the apps you own now scale themselves to the full size of the bigger display, making you feel like a tiny person with a gargantuan iPhone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Transmit iOS (£6.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before now, file management on iOS was a major pain, and overly reliant on Dropbox, given that many apps integrated with it to some extent. With extensible Share sheets on iOS 8, however, the entire OS is opened up like never before.</p> <p>Transmit brings the smarts from Panic&rsquo;s OS X app to the iPhone, merges it with a beautiful and minimal interface, and also makes use of the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape by giving you a dual-pane view.</p> <p>FTP, SFTP WebDAV, and S3 are supported, giving you the ability to use compatible apps to create your own virtual cloud storage in seconds.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/transmit-ios/id917432930?mt=8">Download Transmit iOS</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Transmit" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-transmit_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Sky Guide (£1.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When it comes to stargazing with an iPhone, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/star-walk-2-guide-to-sky-day/id892279069?mt=8">Star Walk 2</a> is probably the best iOS app, with its augmented reality mode, 3D models and slew of data. But we&rsquo;ve always had a soft-spot for Sky Guide&rsquo;s beauty and elegance, and with this update it&rsquo;s not only included support for Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones but also a handy Today view Notification Center widget with rise/set times for the sun, moon and planets.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-guide-view-stars-night/id576588894?mt=8">Download Sky Guide</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Sky Guide" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-sky-guide_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Twitterrific 5 (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Elegance is also the watchword of Twitterrific 5. While Tweetbot is awesomely powerful, Twitterrific has an unparalleled sense of design, with beautiful themes, typography and a lightness of touch that works perfectly with Apple&rsquo;s larger iPhones. That&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s lacking in features, though: Twitterrific has live streaming, list management, gestural controls, filtering and muting, timeline sync, and more. It&rsquo;s also a free download, with some affordable IAP available to those who want push notifications and no adverts.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/twitterrific-5-for-twitter/id580311103?mt=8">Download Twitterrific 5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">Apple iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1501" height="1334" title="Twitterrific" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-twitterrific.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Mr. Crab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we&rsquo;re honest, we never thought we&rsquo;d be singing the praises of <em>Mr. Crab</em> as a must-have game for the iPhone 6, but here we are. This one-thumb platform game utilises Metal in iOS 8, making for a beautiful visual experience, and is also one of the very few games to properly reformat itself for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It helps that it plays well, too, your leaping auto-running crab finding his way through increasingly complex and dizzying levels that are wrapped around gigantic poles.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mr.-crab/id599515468?mt=8">Download Mr. Crab</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Mr. Crab" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-mr-crab_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Day One (£2.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Journalling app Day One&rsquo;s had a bunch of rewards thrown in its general direction by Apple, and that comes as no surprise when you start using it. This is a sleek, beautifully designed app that&rsquo;s very usable and ensures your content shines through. For the new iPhones, you get a properly optimised interface that simply shows more stuff; and for iOS 8, there&rsquo;s integration with Touch ID, Share sheets and a Today view widget in Notification Center.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/day-one-journal-notes-diary/id421706526?mt=8">Download Day One</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Day One" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-day-one_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. GoodReader (£1.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature">When we recently spoke to app devs</a> about their hopes for the iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8, the CEO of GoodReader developer Good.iWare remarked that bigger screens are better for reading and annotating. It should therefore come as no surprise to see GoodReader quickly updated to support the new iPhone screen sizes. There&rsquo;s also support for Handoff (for sending what you&rsquo;re reading between devices), and the means to import from and export to iCloud Drive.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/goodreader/id777310222?mt=8">Download GoodReader</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="GoodReader" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-goodreader_0.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. iMovie (free with new device) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, Apple updated the bulk of its apps to make full use of the new iPhone displays, and iMovie is perhaps the most interesting. More space on the screen means more space for editing and previewing your content. But also the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better video cameras than ever. This combination of hardware and software results in a tiny pocket video recorder/edit suite you can use to shoot, edit and share full movies - and now all without squinting at edit points! (Note that if you&rsquo;ve bought a 64 GB or 128 GB iPhone 6/6 Plus, iMovie will be preinstalled.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8">Download iMovie</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-iphone-6/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="639" title="iMovie" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7-imovie_0.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. PCalc (£6.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First and foremost, PCalc is a great calculator with a very long heritage - the original Mac version appeared way back in 1992. On the iPhone, it&rsquo;s the platform&rsquo;s best traditional calculator by far, and this latest update is fully optimised for Apple&rsquo;s new displays. It also rolls in a handy Notification Center widget and editing for your button layout, including the means to create dedicated buttons for performing conversions or running functions.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pcalc-the-best-calculator/id284666222?mt=8">Download PCalc</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1334" height="750" title="PCalc" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8-pcalc.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Asphalt 8: Airborne (free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s more than a whiff of freemium grind about <em>Asphalt 8</em>, but that doesn&rsquo;t stop it from being one of the best arcade racers on the platform. It&rsquo;s fast, furious and a little bit bonkers, with you zooming through surreal takes on real-world cities. With iOS 8&rsquo;s Metal, you get suitably over-the-top visual effects - Flames! Air-drag! - but iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners also enjoy an exclusive season that pits you against three times as many opposing cars. (iPhone 5s and iPad Air owners are also grudgingly invited to this party.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/asphalt-8-airborne/id610391947?mt=8">Download Asphalt 8</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2209" height="1242" title="Asphalt" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9-asphalt.jpg?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10. Fantastical 2 (£2.99) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t matter how big Apple makes your iPhone, the Calendar and Reminders apps are still going to be rubbish. You&rsquo;re better off replacing them with the far superior Fantastical 2, which has a straightforward list view for appointments (that you can see more of on larger devices), excellent natural-language input for events, and the kind of usable week view you just want to tape to Jony Ive&rsquo;s forehead, to show him how it should have been done in-house.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fantastical-2-for-iphone-calendar/id718043190?mt=8">Download Fantastical 2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/15-totally-amazing-one-thumb-games-play-your-iphone-6/feature">15 totally amazing one-thumb games you can play on your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1501" height="1334" title="Fantastical" alt="10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10-fantastical.png?1413191283" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0#comments Apple iOS 8 iOS apps iOS games iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:10:48 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448869 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple quickly releases iOS 8.0.2 to fix iPhones disabled by previous version http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-quickly-releases-ios-802-fix-iphones-disabled-previous-version/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supposedly, this update actually works - but we won’t blame you for waiting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8 on iPhone 6" alt="iOS 8 on iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios8-alt.png?1411696051" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re one of the unlucky users whose iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus lost cell service and Touch ID functionality after installing iOS 8.0.1 yesterday, good news: another update is already available.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-quickly-releases-ios-802-fix-iphones-disabled-previous-version/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-quickly-releases-ios-802-fix-iphones-disabled-previous-version/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:47:32 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448595 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Apple Watch: how your apps will evolve http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We talk to the app makers to find out how Apple’s new kit and mobile OS will impact on the apps and games you love </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1024" height="768" title="apps" alt="The app makers on iPhone 6, iOS 8 and the Apple Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dev-lead.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a> are all big steps forward for Apple. But hardware is nothing without software; even iOS 8 is really only a foundation for the playground in which app and game developers frolic.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The big screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a> display boasts a screen&nbsp;resolution of&nbsp;1136 x 640, but both of Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones have larger screens and more pixels to play with: 1334 x 750 for the iPhone 6 and 1920 x 1080 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Existing apps zoom to fill these extra pixels, making use of iOS 8&rsquo;s scaling capabilities, but developers are looking forward to reworking their apps to fully take advantage of the extra space.</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodiware.com">Good.iWare</a> CEO Yuri Selukoff says &ldquo;the larger the screen, the better it is for reading&rdquo;, and hopes people with new Apple devices will &ldquo;spend more time reading and annotating documents, which means more possibilities for apps like GoodReader&rdquo;. Mike Ferenduros, creator of iPad comic reader <a href="http://chunkyreader.com">Chunky</a>, says the new devices are &ldquo;enough to push me into finally making my app universal, simply because bigger screens turn the new iPhones into better comic readers&rdquo;. Elsewhere, <a href="http://splashdata.com">SplashData</a> CEO Morgan Slain sees a new lease of life for the many productivity apps that use list-based interfaces: &ldquo;Extra pixels help you deliver more user records at once, saving people time and effort in scrolling and searching.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> <p>According to developer <a href="http://splendid-things.co.uk">Benjohn Barnes</a>, people with multiple iOS devices will start to see &ldquo;smoother transitions from &lsquo;phone&rsquo; to &lsquo;tablet&rsquo;&rdquo;, when it comes to apps. Developer frameworks now define the similarities between devices, instead of considering them entirely separate units. This is already apparent with the iPhone 6 Plus, which in landscape boasts a two-column display in Apple&rsquo;s apps - something third-parties are sure to mimic.</p> <p>From a developer standpoint, this means more work, which could potentially impact on app updates and pricing. However, developer <a href="http://www.lukeredpath.co.uk">Luke Redpath</a> called this a &ldquo;wake-up call&rdquo;, arguing developers should be using resolution-independent graphics and auto-layout capabilities as the number of available devices proliferates. <a href="http://www.pcalc.com">PCalc</a> creator James Thomson adds that although Apple omitted talking about the specifics of its new devices at WWDC 2014 in June, it was possible to read between the lines regarding imminent larger iPhones &ldquo;and possibly bigger iPads with a split-screen option&rdquo;.</p> <p>The message, he says, was &ldquo;don&rsquo;t assume screen sizes are fixed any more&rdquo;. While demanding a shift in approach and extra work for developers in the short term, embracing Apple&rsquo;s new thinking will, argues Thomson, &ldquo;make apps more flexible&rdquo;; he reckons if Apple came out with a 7in iPhone tomorrow, his PCalc app would already adapt with no extra work.</p> <p>Panic&rsquo;s <a href="http://mrgan.tumblr.com">Neven Mrgan</a> also enthuses about the manner in which Apple has provided guidance and tools, but complains that the rest of a developer&rsquo;s toolkit is lagging: &ldquo;Design apps need to start helping out by natively supporting concepts such as adaptive UI or even multiple canvas sizes that reuse basic elements. Little pieces of functionality are trickling in, but we still have to do a lot of manual hacking to design for all the different iOS devices.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" title="display" alt="display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/display_0.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Playing the game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mrgan notes he&rsquo;s spent 15 years sweating over pixel precision, following the idea that a good designer must arrange everything just so. But techniques need revising now the iPhone&rsquo;s moving towards extremely high-resolution screens, flexible viewport sizes and scaled graphics. Games creator <a href="http://pixelsontoast.com">Kevin Ng</a> wonders how developers of retro-style pixellated games like Wayward Souls will now fare, since they relied on whole-number scaling to blow imagery up in a manner that always remained sharp. &ldquo;Their choice is now whether to allow fuzzy edges or crop the game world on certain devices, which could give unfair advantages to some players in multiplayer,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>Elsewhere, though, developers see few problems regarding bringing games to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Ng notes the screens are still 16:9, like the one on the iPhone 5 and 5s, meaning interfaces can remain largely the same, bar minor adjustments for &lsquo;thumb reach&rsquo; and textures. He also dismisses any notion iOS has turned into something like Android for games creation, and even suggests Android has <em>benefitted</em> iOS developers: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had to deal with Android&rsquo;s many resolutions for years, which has forced games designers to start thinking in a resolution-agnostic manner. Because of this, many games should work fine out of the box with the new iPhones.&rdquo; Games developer <a href="http://www.aeiowu.com">Greg Wohlwend</a> adds that this also works in reverse: &ldquo;If you make a game and it does well, you&rsquo;ll want it to work on everything. So starting with a more flexible output in mind will help minimise headaches when porting to new systems.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 review</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.revolution60.com">Giant Spacekat</a> head of development Brianna Wu is also extremely positive about the potential for games on the new iPhones. She similarly dismisses Android comparisons &mdash; &ldquo;The problem there isn&rsquo;t so much screen sizes as dealing with all the different hardware&rdquo; &mdash;&nbsp;and reckons games are &ldquo;simply more fun to play on a bigger screen&rdquo;. She wonders whether larger iPhones could impact on Vita sales, and notes that Apple&rsquo;s Metal technology could be transformative to mobile gaming.</p> <p>&ldquo;Metal&rsquo;s going to let gaming on your iPad and iPhone look closer to games on a console. Those things that really make you go &quot;WOW!&quot; when you play a PS4 game is what Metal lets devs do better than ever before, solving limitations regarding particle effects and transparency,&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;My belief is because of Metal you&rsquo;re going to see way more games on consoles ported specifically to iOS, because they&rsquo;ll simply run better now.&rdquo; Wu notes that Metal is also something that could impact on Android, because the sheer fragmentation of hardware and software makes a similar system on that platform practically impossible to implement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="416" title="gaming" alt="gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gaming_0.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Building extensions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beyond the screen, it&rsquo;s iOS&rsquo;s newfound extensibility that has developers excited. Previously, every app was a silo, but that&rsquo;s about to change. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a hyperbolic person, but iOS 8 app extensions could be the biggest thing to happen to third-party iOS apps,&rdquo; believes David Chartier of <a href="https://agilebits.com">AgileBits</a>.</p> <p>Whereas before it was hard to get iOS apps to work together and exchange information, Chartier says iOS 8 &ldquo;blows that all wide open&rdquo;. This will lead to new classes of apps, and also make existing apps and services more powerful. You&rsquo;ll be able to clip anything from Safari to Pinterest, collect content into Evernote, have 1Password fill passwords, and more. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about faster workflows and ultimately providing more power to end users,&rdquo; says Oliver Waters of <a href="http://d3i.com">d3i</a>.</p> <p>By way of example, games developer <a href="http://www.boson-x.com">Ian McLarty</a> says he uses his iPad for music composition, and will no longer have to use extra apps to read data and then transfer it to Dropbox. And Iconfactory&rsquo;s <a href="http://gedblog.com">Gedeon Maheux</a> notes how developers can add value to existing offerings, such as PCalc&rsquo;s Today View extension that optionally resides in Notification Center: &ldquo;People love it because you get instant access to a calculator right from the lock screen. There are so many possibilities and opportunities here.&rdquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere, Touch ID is now available for third-party apps (&ldquo;A big win for anyone who wants an extra layer of security,&rdquo; according to <a href="http://metaclassy.com">Metaclassy</a>&rsquo;s Jorge Pedroso), and Handoff will enable the seamless transition of in-progress content between devices. Wu wonders whether Steve Jobs&rsquo;s Apple would ever have allowed such things, and reasons this renewed Apple is &ldquo;getting better&rdquo;.</p> <p>There are some notes of caution, however. Chartier says developers must be careful to alert users about integration features, because although they&rsquo;re installed with app updates, they are not enabled by default. Mrgan hopes a &ldquo;market of apps aiming to replace system services won&rsquo;t devolve into a contest of cleverness and giddiness, like we&rsquo;ve seen in the past, and will instead compete on feature quality and robustness&rdquo;. Redpath, though, is convinced things will go well: &ldquo;Extensions have the potential to really change how we all use iOS, and I get the impression Apple intends to develop new &lsquo;extension points&rsquo; in the future. But for now, being able to share data between apps without having to switch apps is a killer feature.&rdquo;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1324" height="993" title="extensions" alt="extensions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/extensions.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch this space </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, Apple&rsquo;s recent event wasn&rsquo;t only about the iPhone &mdash; Apple Watch was unveiled, which the company says developers will be able to create apps for. Barnes warns that the &lsquo;watch&rsquo; part of the device&rsquo;s name is essentially a misnomer: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure thinking of it as a watch will be any more useful than thinking of the iPhone as a phone. It&rsquo;s really a computer you can carry around even more easily.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for the apps, Chartier notes it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;totally new platform, which will require new thinking for new use-cases&rdquo;. It eschews multitouch and has a tiny screen, which will prove challenging to app and game creators. Chartier reasons those who &ldquo;truly think outside the box will be most successful,&rdquo; while Maheux is excited by the interface: &ldquo;Already, everything&rsquo;s starting to gel and vibe&nbsp;&mdash; the animations are fluid and make sense, and the design is clean and purposeful. I can&rsquo;t wait for something like the Apple Watch&rsquo;s Home screen to come to the iPhone&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>In terms of what we&rsquo;ll see, it&rsquo;s all speculation for now. Stephen Dodd of <a href="http://www.officetime.net">Office Time</a> reckons it&rsquo;ll be perfect for tracking your life, including for business uses, such as timing billables by client. Waters sees loads of potential in health and personally connected apps, with the Apple Watch sensors and &lsquo;taptic&rsquo; engine collecting and feeding back data to users in new ways. And Morgan is looking forward to non-obvious applications: &ldquo;Notifications, exercise apps and remotes seem obvious enough, but what about games, creation tools and companion accessories? Three years from now, millions will use a hip new Apple Watch service we can&rsquo;t even imagine today.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="600" title="watch" alt="watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch_0.png?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tight squeeze </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As ever, there was some disappointment following Apple&rsquo;s September event. Mobile app developer <a href="http://www.squidee.com">Luke Durrant</a> wasn&rsquo;t thrilled at Apple keeping 16 GB devices in the line-up (and, worse, the 8 GB iPhone 5c), and said this means developers will have to take extra care to keep app builds small so they don&rsquo;t take up too much space: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen people with such devices who can&rsquo;t even update to iOS 8, because they have 6 GB of photos and just a few apps&rdquo;. With larger screens, the demand for bigger assets only amplifies this problem.</p> <p>Pedroso also says it&rsquo;s getting increasingly hard for independent developers to keep pace: &ldquo;For the last couple of years, we&rsquo;ve been spending months just playing catch-up with updates to iOS, OS X and devices. And this year, Apple&rsquo;s released even more stuff.&rdquo; He adds he doesn&rsquo;t want to sound too negative &mdash; Apple&rsquo;s updates are good for business &mdash; but such stressful periods can with smaller developers propel apps into a kind of maintenance mode rather than their creators working on planned new features. There&rsquo;s also a question of stability, with betas, developer tools and even the final shipping operating systems coming under fire.</p> <p>Developers have also been criticised due to many early iOS 8 updates not being properly optimised for iOS 8. Many apps simply zoom the interface and fix a few bugs, and some games don&rsquo;t work at all on the iPhone 6 Plus. Durrant appeals to users to allow developers a little time. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to take a while for developers to take full advantage of the new APIs and capabilities, and the full power of everything Apple&rsquo;s released won&rsquo;t come until later,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;But I think we are already on the next chapter in the iOS app ecosystem.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="390" title="storage" alt="storage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/storage.jpg?1411983023" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/app-makers-iphone-6-ios-8-and-apple-watch/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS 8 iOS apps iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Watch Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:29:47 +0000 Craig Grannell 1448372 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple hurrying iOS 8.0.2 out soon, Gear VR launch experiences are free, and new Call of Duty co-op mode revealed http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-hurrying-ios-802-out-soon-gear-vr-launch-experiences-free-and-new-call-dut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Load up on all of the tech news you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios8-closeup.jpg?1411693324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 8.0.2 out within next few days </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday&rsquo;s release of iOS 8.0.1 proved disastrous for Apple, as the first update to last week&rsquo;s new version upgrade wound up killing cellular service and Touch ID functionality for some <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> users. Apple <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">quickly pulled the update</a>, but surely some users are still stranded with a hobbled handset.</p> <p>Apple is now directing affected users to <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487">downgrade back to iOS 8.0</a> in a process that mirrors the workaround we shared yesterday. And the hopefully-working iOS 8.0.2 update will come &ldquo;as soon as it is ready in the next few days,&rdquo; presumably to fix Apple&rsquo;s HealthKit compatibility issues and other lingering iOS 8 bugs.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487">Apple</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/25/6842487/apple-directing-people-to-reinstall-ios-8-while-it-figures-out-a-fix">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news">iOS 8.0.1 released, then pulled after breaking iPhone 6 cell service and Touch ID functionality</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Early Gear VR experiences will be free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re shelling out big for a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Gear VR headset, you might be relieved to hear that all launch games and experiences for the virtual reality device will be free at launch.</p> <p>Why? According to Nate Mitchell of Oculus VR, which is providing the core Oculus Home software for the device, they&rsquo;re simply not ready to process payments. Yes, the same Oculus VR that Facebook bought for $2 billion - they can&rsquo;t take your money just yet. We&rsquo;ll see how many developers decide to hold off on launching their experiences as a result.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/24/6838321/gear-vr-free-games">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear VR" alt="Samsung Gear VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gearvr-final.jpg?1411693324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare co-op revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Modern <em>Call of Duty</em> games offer a three-pronged attack: frantic competitive multiplayer action, a cinematic campaign, and a survival-centric co-op mode. We had already seen plenty of the first two modes for this autumn&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em>, but here&rsquo;s a first look at the Exo Survival co-op mode.</p> <p>It begins halfway through the clip, and&hellip; well, it looks a lot like the survival mode in the stellar <em>Modern Warfare 3</em>, albeit with lots of future tech piled on. That&rsquo;s fine, but if you were expecting another big surprise in the mix, this doesn&rsquo;t seem to be it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNWvBlu_aWw">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NNWvBlu_aWw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft debuts interactive Cube at Decibel Festival </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the Decibel electronic music and visual art festival that kicked off yesterday in Seattle, Washington USA, Microsoft unveiled its latest creation: the Cube. It&rsquo;s an interactive art installation powered by four Kinect v2 sensors, four projectors, and five computers.</p> <p>Standing on either of the four playable sides, you&rsquo;ll be able to interact and dance with the player on the opposite side, creating a shared public play experience. The current one has 4ft panels, but Microsoft may make a larger Cube, or perhaps a group of them that interact together for future installations.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2014/09/24/microsoft-cube-decibel-dance-music/">Microsoft</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/e3-2014/kinect-dead-long-live-kinect/feature">Kinect is Dead? Long live Kinect!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1jzHcXZFJMw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-hurrying-ios-802-out-soon-gear-vr-launch-experiences-free-and-new-call-dut#comments Apple Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Galaxy Note 4 Gaming Gear VR iOS 8 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Microsoft Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448524 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 8.0.1 released, then pulled after breaking iPhone 6 cell service and Touch ID functionality http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s response to launch issues causes more problems, but there’s a workaround </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="iOS 8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios8-preview_1.jpg?1411609092" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When iOS 8 launched last week, it came saddled with the usual array of relatively minor new version issues - and Apple acted quickly to get a new version, 8.0.1, out today. Only it arrived with even bigger problems in tow.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-801-released-then-pulled-breaking-iphone-6-cell-service-and-touch-id/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:32:57 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448492 at http://www.stuff.tv Four new iOS 8 keyboards to introduce to your thumbs http://www.stuff.tv/apple/find-your-ios-8-type-8-third-party-keyboards-will-out-type-quicktype/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 8 users - you can now use custom third party keyboards. Hooray! Here&#039;s a selection to get you started </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Find your iOS 8 type: 8 third-party keyboards that will out-type QuickType" alt="Find your iOS 8 type: 8 third-party keyboards that will out-type QuickType" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/type.png?1411143484" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At long last, Apple has blessed its users with the option to replace iOS 8&#39;s native keyboard, opening up a world of typing customisation that Android fans have been living in (and gloating about) for years.</p> <p class="p1">While the native iOS 8 QuickType keyboard has improved typing features like smarter text predictions and better autocorrect, it&#39;ll be a shame not to take a few new keyboards for a spin, now that the option&#39;s there.</p> <p class="p1">Thumbs at the ready...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minuum (£1.49) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://minuum.com/" target="_blank">This Indiegogo product</a> pegs itself as &ldquo;the little keyboard for big fingers&rdquo; and it&rsquo;s quite unlike other keyboards currently available. Instead of three rows of keys, you get a single condensed row. Swiping right inserts a space, swiping left deletes a word, and thanks to a clever prediction engine, you don&rsquo;t have to hit each key accurately. Given how small the keys are (to increase screen real estate), this is a very good thing.</p> <p class="p2"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/minuum-little-keyboard-for/id914968934" target="_blank"><strong>Download Minuum from the App Store</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/niV2KCkKmRw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fleksy (69p) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This clever keyboard&nbsp;broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest touchscreen message ever typed. Impressive stuff. Fleksy&#39;s main strength is its gesture support, letting you &nbsp;swipe left to delete words or down to change the words. A quick flick up is all it takes to add custom words too, without faffing around with dictionary settings. You can swap around the theme too, and badges which inform you when you break your own typing records are a nice touch.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fleksy-keyboard-happy-typing/id520337246?mt=8" target="_blank"><strong>Download Fleksy from the App Store</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YuLFcZ0O05M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swype (69p) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.swype.com/get-swype/swype-on-ios-2/" target="_blank">Swype</a>,&nbsp;as you&#39;ve probably guessed, is a keyboard that made its name through swipe-based, rather than traditional tap-based typing - an advantage for speedy one-thumbed use. It lets you input words from two languages, personalise your keyboard (height, length of vibration, long press delay) and learns the way you type so you&rsquo;ll rarely make mistakes again. If you&rsquo;re not keen on swiping, you can choose to return to good old typing, speaking or even writing.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/swype-keyboard/id916365675" target="_blank"><strong>Download Swype from the App Store</strong></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PnlDyF--RqI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SwiftKey (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This Android best-seller was one of the first keyboards to land on iOS. The customisable&nbsp;<a href="http://swiftkey.com/en/">adaptive keyboard</a>&nbsp;allows you to swipe instead of type so you don&rsquo;t lose your grip on your iPhone in the middle of a particularly heated conversation. 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